The Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), sandwiched between the Siberian and the Tarim-North China Cratons, is regarded as a geological museum exemplifying accretionary orogeny and Phanerozoic continental growth on Earth. To understand these processes is one of the major issues of the geology of Asia. In 2013, a study of the tectonic evolution of the southern CAOB occupies the first place of five research fronts in the earth sciences identified by the publisher Elsevier Ltd.

The CAOB is extensive, extending across Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and neighbouring countries. Russian scientists have conducted research and investigations in the northern and central CAOB, and have held annual meetings in Irkutsk for more than 10 years. Likewise, many Chinese geologists have undertaken research on the southern CAOB in NW China, Inner Mongolia and NE China. Furthermore, scientists from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and western countries have also carried out research on the CAOB. Due to its huge size, international and across-border comparative studies are required to improve our understanding of this orogeny. It is now necessary to build a platform of communication between Russian, Chinese and other countries’ geologists to exchange new data and ideas and to discuss and plan future cooperation.

The Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (CAGS) and the Institute of the Earth’s Crust, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), in cooperation with great projects, such as IGCP Project 592, the Major State Basic Research Program (973) of China, the Project of Compilation of Geological Maps of Central Asian by Five Asian Countries, and Major Program of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, will organize the First China-Russia International Meeting and IGCP 592 Workshop on 23 and 25 September 2015 in Beijing, China, followed by a post-conference regional field excursion. This meeting will provide a forum for discussion to compare the tectonic evolution of the CAOB in Russia, China and neighbouring countries, to present and discuss new data and evolutionary models, and to discuss future international cooperation on geological and geophysical research.

The detailed schedule of the meeting and field trip will be announced in the second circular.

  Main topics:

  1. Evolution of Palaeo-Asian oceans: from accretion to collision (ophiolites, ocean plate stratigraphy, tectonics, magmatism, metamorphism and deformation styles);
  2. Across-border correlations in the CAOB and nomenclature;
  3. Continental crustal growth and architecture;
  4. Intra-plate processes and mantel plume;
  5. Mineralization in the Central Asian;
  6. Superposition of the palaeo-Pacific and Okhotsk tectonics;
  7. Continental amalgamation in the CAOB, Neoproterozoic to Palaeozoic palaeogeography and palaeomagnetism.​

  Dates and place of meeting

Conference: 23-25 September 2015, Beijing, China

Post-conference field trip: 26-29 September 2015

Venue: CAGS, 26 Baiwanzhuang Road, 100037 Beijing, China​

First circular